Leland, MI sits on the Leelanau peninsula near the coast of Lake Michigan. It’s both a destination and a place apart, which makes it a fitting home for Benjamin Maier Ceramics.

For sixteen years, Benjamin Maier has created stunning handmade works in his northern Michigan studio employing both wood and soda fired kilns. His pieces are utilitarian – plates, vases, cups, teapots – as well as artistic opportunities to play with surface tensions, negative spaces, and architectural shapes. His Leland gallery has itself become a destination for summer visitors, but it is his own the time apart in the studio creating and crafting that gives “meaning and rhythm” to Benjamin Maier’s pottery and his life.